Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN)
The Radicalisation Awareness Network – a practitioners’ network
The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) connects first-line practitioners around Europe working daily with those vulnerable to radicalisation, as well as those who have already been radicalised. As teachers, social workers, community police officers, etc. they are engaged in preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism in all its forms, or in reintegrating violent extremists. Since it was founded in 2011, RAN has attracted over 2 000 professionals from all EU Member States. RAN Centre of Excellence – a knowledge hub The RAN Centre of Excellence (CoE) acts as a hub for connecting, developing and disseminating expertise. It supports and coordinates RAN, and fosters an inclusive dialogue between practitioners, policy-makers and academics. The CoE develops state-of-the-art knowledge, and supports both the European Commission – which funds RAN – and the EU Member States. It also helps shape the Commission’s research agenda, and liaises with those implementing ‘prevent’ initiatives inside and outside the EU.
RAN Working Groups – sharing, supporting, learning
First-line practitioners gather to address local challenges or specific issues related to violent extremism, and exchange with experts on new insights into tackling radicalisation. In Working Groups they meet peers from around Europe, build up new, long-lasting relationships, draw inspiration from one another and peer review best practices.
- Communication and Narratives (RAN C&N) – formulating and delivering on- and offline communication tools challenging extremist propaganda and/or providing alternatives to extremist ideas.
- Education (RAN EDU) – equipping and empowering teachers and the education sector to deal with radicalisation.
- EXIT (RAN EXIT) – focused on deradicalisation and disengagement programmes that help individuals to move from a radicalised and violent mind-set towards mainstream society.
- Youth, Families and Communities (RAN YF&C) – examining how best to support and engage youth, families and communities confronted with radicalisation.
- Local Authorities (RAN LOCAL) – sharing information between local authorities on local multi-agency approaches and strategies.
- Prison and Probation (RAN P&P) – analysing the effects of prison regimes, reintegration programmes and tailormade interventions for convicted terrorists.
- Police and Law Enforcement (RAN POL) – identifying effective police approaches, including training, the use of social media and the forging of trust-based relationships with families and communities.
- Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism (RAN RVT) – maintaining a network of victims of terrorism and organising the 11 March European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.
- Health and Social Care (RAN H&SC) – raising awareness among health and social workers on their role in identifying and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation.
The RAN Working Groups are each chaired by two frontline practitioners. They join the CoE and the European Commission to form the RAN Steering Committee. Chaired by the Commission, the Steering Committee guides the network and its CoE.
CI is part of the RAN for many years, currently active in the working group Youth, Families and Communities (RAN YF&C).